Manufacturing in the U.S remains an important source of both employment and economic activity. In recent years, the sector has actually expanded rapidly. The U.S. Manufacturing PMI from Markit Economics showed an all-time high reading of 57.4 in August 2014 (anything above 50 indicates expansion), and so far the index has been in the black through the first nine months of 2016.
The revitalization of American manufacturing has coincided with renewed investment in related technologies, such as enterprise resource planning systems. ERP is the backbone of effective manufacturing because it:
Consolidates information: ERP connects critical operations with financials, providing a single, real-time data source that keeps tabs of your operations and helps you make truly informed decisions.
Provides automation: Instead of saddling you with cumbersome and disconnected manual processes, an ERP platform automates your essential tasks and streamlines your processes all the way from the warehouse to the back office.
Integrates applications: ERP solutions are the digital infrastructures that connect a diverse range of programs for inventory management, time tracking, customer relationship management and more.
As a manufacturer, your ERP system is fundamental to keep operations efficient. But is your current platform positioned to help you continuously improve, innovate, and keep up with the modern challenges of manufacturing?
Why switching to Microsoft Dynamics is the right move for manufacturers.
An ERP solution such as Microsoft Dynamics AX is a critical differentiator for your manufacturing business.
Dynamics AX is literally built for change with operational excellence at its core. With all your operations connected in Dynamics AX, your manufacturing organization can focus on being responsive and innovative to remain competitive. Today's manufacturers must be able to get concepts to market faster while maintaining high-quality production. The open and flexible nature of Dynamics AX positions your organization to take advantage of current and future IT innovations and applications.
Manufacturing can be a seasonal industry. Plus, endless variables from natural disasters to new legislation can have enormous impacts on both your supply chain and demand itself. Dynamics lets you stay ahead of the curve and account for such incidents, with advanced Business Intelligence and forecasting models, as well as machine learning forecasts driven by the Azure cloud and the IoT.
Supply and demand variables can be a constant threat to your ability to meet promised delivery dates to your customers. With global visibility of your inventory, manufacturing, and logistics, and role-tailored workspaces, your customer service representatives can proactively explore production, warehouse, and transportation options for your customers.
The option for complete cloud deployment in AX makes the overall implementation and adoption affordable while modernizing your infrastructure for greater scalability and less maintenance strain on your IT department. Learn what's new in Dynamics AX and how it can make your manufacturing organization more agile and competitive.